IN RESIDENCE (RiR)
IslandWood’s graduate program is offered in partnership with the University of Washington College of Education. Our 10-month program completes the first year of a UW Master’s in Education and fulfills the prerequisites for application to the Master’s in Teaching in Elementary Education. Historically, after grad students have completed their year at IslandWood, there are students that reach out to IslandWood as part of their master’s projects at the University of Washington. In fall 2022, in conjunction with UW College of Education advisors Jessica Thompson and Mark Windschitl, we streamlined and formalized the process, creating our new Researcher in Residence program.
The Researcher in Residence will hold two overview sessions with the current graduate class to provide grads with any information or training related to the research. For two consecutive weeks, the researcher (or research team) will work graduate students to do the same research twice in two different weeks, with two different sets of graduate students. All the projects are crafted individually by the researcher(s), some work in tandem with grads to implement their work with students from our School Overnight Program, while other studies focus on the grad students themselves. During those two weeks, data is collected using a variety of methods, including surveys, interviews, field notes, and workshops.
Once a researcher completes their two weeks at IslandWood, they assemble their data, build a narrative around their findings, and assimilate their research into a final thesis paper that is shared with current IslandWood graduate students, the IslandWood graduate program faculty, and IslandWood School Overnight Program team.
By returning to IslandWood, alumni have an opportunity to conduct their research in a supportive community they are already familiar with — and it’s reciprocal. The beauty of the RiR program is that it fosters a relationship between alumni and grads that helps the current grad students grow in their teaching practice while giving them a model of what their future research project could look like.